Declaring the establishment media “saw an onslaught of scandals and controversies in 2020, ranging from Chris Cuomo’s coronavirus hypocrisy to blatant censorship of the ongoing Hunter Biden scandal,” Fox News is running a scathing critique of its media colleagues during 2020, the second in a week critical of press performance this year.
A week ago, Fox also ran a blistering piece on the media’s behavior over the past year headlined “Journalists fawning over Biden tops ‘20 most mortifying media moments’ of 2020.”
Both articles were authored by Fox News’ Brian Flood.
In Wednesday’s treatise on media scandals, the press was blasted for what Fox called “blatant censorship of the ongoing Hunter Biden scandal.” Indeed, one would have to tune in to Fox news reports to hear much of anything about the troubles now looming for the son of President-elect Joe Biden.
Behind that came remarks about the media’s blatant misrepresentation of urban unrest over the summer, declaring violent demonstrations to be “peaceful” when they were not so.
“Perhaps the most egregious example,” the Fox report said, “happened when CNN national correspondent Omar Jimenez was reporting live in August on the unrest that had taken place in Kenosha, Wis., following the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake. The CNN reporter was literally standing in front of a raging fire and the chyron at the bottom of the screen read, ‘FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER POLICE SHOOTING.’”
Another embarrassing moment for the media, according to the Fox story, came when MSNBC’s Jon Meacham “failed to disclose…that he was serving as a speechwriter for President-elect Joe Biden.”
And there’s a link to another Fox report alleging the media didn’t cover news that could have hurt Democrats prior to the Nov. 3 election.
The other Fox story quoted Grabien founder Tom Elliott, who observed in his year-end wrap-up headlined “MONTAGE: THE 20 MOST MORTIFYING MEDIA MOMENTS OF 2020,” that the media didn’t do its job of accurately reporting the news. Instead, the media seemed in the bag for Biden.
“Rather than riding athwart the troubled waters of America in 2020,” Elliott observed, “offering a beacon of accurate, intrepidly researched reporting to help guide the country, the biggest names in media time and again chose instead to abuse their positions, advancing narrow political interests in lieu of valuable, fact-checked information.”
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Overall, the commentary by Fox News and Grabien News is a smackdown of media bias in a year rocked by urban chaos, political warfare, a deadly pandemic that ignited public panic and was quickly politicized by Donald Trump’s enemies.
There remains only one question, which already seems to have been answered. After the media’s embarrassing loss of any semblance of integrity, can reporters ever be trusted again as the nation moves into 2021?
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